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Mumiy Troll preview

Mumiy Troll preview

| January 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mumiy Troll Empty Bottle, Chicago Friday, January 30, 2009 At first glance, “Mumiy Troll” looks like a trainwreck of an attempt by a foreign band to craft an intimidating English name. But a) the name is actual Russian and b) beginning from behind the Iron Curtain, it’s possible the group never harbored hopes of reaching […]

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Yo Majesty preview

Yo Majesty preview

| January 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Yo Majesty Empty Bottle, Chicago Sunday, February 1, 2009 Yo Majesty’s backstory is so intriguing in itself it hardly seems necessary to even listen to Futuristically Speaking . . . Never Be Afraid. Though, if you don’t, you’re missing out on music as intriguing as the musicians behind it.

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Combichrist preview

Combichrist preview

| January 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Combichrist House Of Blues, Chicago Wednesday, February 4, 2009 I could easily break off a bunch Wikipedia knowledge or poach the last-updated-in-Spring-’07 biography on the band’s official Web site and make it sound like I have some sort of working knowledge of Combichrist. Truth is, though, I’d never heard of them before Today We Are […]

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Franz Ferdinand reviewed

Franz Ferdinand reviewed

| January 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino) It took nearly four years for Franz Ferdinand to decide more bass, less guitar.

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The Killers live!

The Killers live!

| January 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Killers UIC Pavilion, Chicago Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Is Brandon Flowers a fan of “Lost”? Judging by the set design at The Killers’ sold-out Tuesday night performance at UIC Pavilion, somebody in the Las Vegas-based band’s camp certainly harbors affection for John Locke. Flanked by plastic palm trees wrapped in white twinkle lights, Flowers […]

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Lambchop preview

Lambchop preview

| January 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Lambchop Old Town School Of Folk Music, Chicago Saturday, January 24, 2009 It’s in keeping with Lambchop’s hard-to-define style that the band is both a perfect and poor fit for the Old Town School. Kurt Wagner’s whimsical lyrical prose belongs in a storyteller atmosphere, but the score behind it on the band’s latest album, OH […]

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Satyricon preview

Satyricon preview

| January 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Satyricon House Of Blues, Chicago Sunday, January 25, 2009 For a black metal band, sparking controversy in the scene by “selling out” or not being “kvult enough” is like starting a fire by throwing a lit match on a bale of hay: It ain’t hard to do. Norway’s Satyricon has taken its share of criticism […]

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Cut Off Your Hands reviewed

Cut Off Your Hands reviewed

| January 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Cut Off Your Hands You And I (Frenchkiss) Maybe Cut Off Your Hands are shy. Their debut EP, supposedly a mixture of demos, hid behind herky-jerky, heard-this-before post punk that created concern about the speed with which New Zealand processed trends. Though it’s unfair to heap history on a young band’s shoulders, the tracks showed […]

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Labelle live!

Labelle live!

| January 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Labelle Chicago Theatre, Chicago Saturday, January 10, 2009 With 32 years between studio albums and just as long since last embarking on a full-fledged tour, vocal trio Labelle sure had to make up for lots of lost time. Of course, now that Patti LaBelle (the “B” intentionally capitalized), Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash are in […]

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Tomorrow Never Knows preview

Tomorrow Never Knows preview

| January 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Tomorrow Never Knows Festival Schubas, Chicago January 14 – 18, 2009 I miss my friend Josh. Not so much his company, but his friends. Greeting each new year — following all the holiday parties — with a “January Sucks” party, they’d rent a bar, arrange one of those all-you-can-drink wristbands, and get everyone knackered. Schubas’ […]

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Franz Nicolay preview

Franz Nicolay preview

| January 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Franz Nicolay Empty Bottle, Chicago Saturday, January 17, 2009 The House Cafe, DeKalb Sunday, January 18, 2009 Craig Finn may be The Hold Steady’s undisputed attention-grabber thanks to his ability to transform everyday, mundane events into bar-rockin’ anthems and a unique, free-form spoken-word delivery, but HS keyboardist Franz Nicolay’s solo record makes a solid case […]

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Hot Heels Records preview

Hot Heels Records preview

| January 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Hot Heels Records Goose Island, Chicago Saturday, January 17, 2009 Our advice to Hot Heels Records? Lose the name; keep the music. You’re confusing people, guys. Illinois Entertainer editor Steve Forstneger is a – generally – sharp guy, but even he thought your new album, Bullet Rain, was actually a compilation CD of bands on […]

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Tune into Q101 Sunday!

Tune into Q101 Sunday!

| January 9, 2009 | 0 Comments

Set your tuner to Q101 (WKQX-FM, 101.1) this Sunday, January 11th, at 10 p.m. to hear host Chris Payne chat with IE‘s Steve Forstneger about local music, the January issue, and more on his weekly show, “Local 101”!

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Cover Story: The 25 Greatest Chicago Songs

Cover Story: The 25 Greatest Chicago Songs

| January 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

Illinois Entertainer presents: The 25 Songs That Make Chicago Shake With the album declining due to the Internet, we’re here to help kick it out the door and celebrate the songs that gave them life. But not just any songs: Chicago songs. Good grief, was this difficult. First, don’t ask what the parameters were – […]

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Of Course, Chicago Wouldn’t Be Great Without . . .

Of Course, Chicago Wouldn’t Be Great Without . . .

| January 5, 2009 | 6 Comments

The 25 Greatest Chicago Songs Drawing the 25 Greatest Chicago Songs took some effort, and don’t think any of the following didn’t factor in. And to think, there’s so much more (metal, industrial, hip-hop, jazz) to be mined.

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